This journey is for those who love history, wine, great cuisine, beautiful castles, and quaint villages.
Join us on a visit to Bordeaux and its surrounding wine country followed by an extended stay in the Dordogne region of southwest France. Bordeaux is the world capital of wine. Its historic center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is home to the just opened Cité du Vin, a large modernistic wine museum located on the banks of the Garonne River. We will taste wine in four outstanding vineyards, including a world famous Grand Cru vineyard in Saint Emilion.
For our time in the Dordogne we will be located in Sarlat. The Dordogne is a region of rivers, forested hills, chateaux-studded countrysides, and beautiful medieval towns and villages, ten of which figure on the list of “the most beautiful villages in France.” The area is a history-lovers paradise with some of France’s finest prehistoric cave art, medieval and Renaissance castles and manors. Taken together, this incredible inventory of sites provides living history from 400,000 years ago through struggles between France and England in the Middle Ages up to the Renaissance. We will learn the history by visiting a number of sites that make this region a cradle of civilization. The incomparable history and the exquisite beauty will be topped off by savoring some of the best known cuisine in France.
- Bordeaux and the Cité du Vin with lunch on the Garonne
- Wine tastings at Chateau Carbonnieux, Chateau Suduiraut, Chateau Giscours, and Saint Emilion
- Sarlat: a well preserved medieval town representative of 14th century France
- Visits to prehistoric sites and museums: Cap Blanc, the National Museaum of Prehistory, Font de Gaume, Lascaux IV, Rouffignac Cave, and La Roque St. Christophe cliff dwelling
- Visits to castles: Les Milandes, home of Josephine Baker; Castelnaud from the 12th century; and Losse with lunch in the Eyrignac gardens, a unique example of French topiary art
- Visits to picturesque villages: Domme and les Eyziés for lunch, Saint-Léon- sur-Vezère, Montignac, Collonge, Saint-Amand- de-Coly
- Ride in a gabare, a traditional flat bottomed boat on the Dordogne river
- Rocamadour: a celebrated pilgrimage site to the Virgin Mary and a stop on the path to Santiago de Compostela
See the Itinerary.